The Hollow Bone
from the archive. . .
One aspect of the hero’s journey—from an inner perspective—is a coming to terms with his/her reactive approach to life as evidenced by traditional stances such as fear, anger, impatience and selfishness. From Yehuda Berg’s (1) perspective, having a reactive nature is tantamount to living in a jail:
“All of these emotions, born of ego, constantly control and imprison us. They are like a ball and chain that slow us down and prevent us from moving forward. They are like handcuffs that constrain us; iron bars that trap us; whips that torment us. This is the oldest master-slave relationship in Creation.”
The mythic hero is an individual in the process of breaking free from this relationship. In The Sun Singer, Robert Adams saw that he had to set ego aside if he was going to heal Cinnabar after a battle. He discovered that “he needed to be nothing, hollow, what was it Grandfather’s old friend said, yes, a hollow bone, free of logic and self.”
In relation to healing, the Sioux Holy Man Fools Crow used the term hollow bone in the same sense that others use the terms channel or tube to indicate that while healing, a higher power flows through them to the person being healed. In his book Fools Crow Wisdom and Power, (2) author Thomas E. Mails writes that prior to healing, Fools Crow first went through a ritual to remove all the stumbling blocks within himself that might impede the flow of energy.
“I saw myself as a hollow bone that is all shiny on the inside and empty,” said Fools Crow. “I looked around inside me to see if any obstacles or junk were left, and there were none. I knew then that I was ready to serve Wakan-Tanka well, and I held up my hands to offer my thanksgiving and to tell him how happy I was. Immediately, I could feel the power come into me.”
Reiki practitioners will recognize the concept of “stepping back out of the way.” In training, they learn that the healing energy flowing through their hands knows where to go and what to do. It is facilitated by the healer remaining silent rather than intruding into the process by chattering inside his/her head about where in the body the energy needs go go and what it’s supposed to accomplish once it gets there.
This necessary stepping back to allow the flow of energy was what Robert had to do to successfully call the Sun on Cinnabar’s behalf. Getting rid of the “junk” is a major task of the hero on the path.